Blue Mountain Shelter to Plumorchard Gap Shelter – 23.6 miles – Climbing has begun
I slept in a full Blue Mountain Shelter with six others. Again, not as good of a sleep as I was hoping, but it’s getting better. I was prepared for a cold night, but it wasn’t. I am very stiff this morning and didn’t get out of my bag until 6:30 AM. I taped my blistered heels, ate, and hit the trail before 7:30 AM. I can only manage a very slow shuffle to start. I am sore and tight and it takes about two hours to feel normal. I feel better as the day goes on.
I pass a shelter at about 2 PM, but decide to keep moving on to the next one. I maintain a slow even pace today. The climbs are tough, but the trail is smooth. It’s the toughest day yet. It feels good to walk slow, yet walk all day, about 7:20 AM to 6 PM. This is a much better strategy than hiking fast and getting to camp in early afternoon and exhausted.
I’m leaving Georgia tomorrow.
Tray Mountain, GA. Elevation 4,430′. Mile 58.1
Tenting at the shelter